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Chevrolet Malibu New Owner Reports



  • dougs68dougs68 Posts: 1
    I recently purchased a 2009 Malibu LTZ with a 6 cyl and 6 speed transmission. When driving in speeds between 40 and 55 the ride is very jerky and seems like it is hunting to get into the right gear even though it is in Drive. This is especially noticeable on smooth black top roads. The car has 9,000 miles on it. We have taken it back to the dealership 3 times, but they are unable to find the problem. No codes show on their computers so the problem cannot be diagnosed. Although the dealership Service Manager acknowledges the problem and has created a record of it, they are unable to help. We are being told GM no longer has Service Representatives to assist the dealership in diagnosing the problem. We are being told to "live" with it and if there is a service bullitin, we will be notified. The dealership mentioned that they know of several other of their customers experiencing varying degrees of the same problem. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Gm still has tech reps in the field.....perhaps the ECM needs to be reflashed....ask the service manager if there are any updates for the ECM....or try a new dealership....anytime a service department tells you to "live with it" they have given up trying to fix the problem or attempting to make the customer happy...
  • We purchased a 2009 Malibu and it has 13,000 miles on it and have the same problem with the 6 speed transmission. It jerking as it trys to shift up or down
    around the speed 40 - 55 and even at slower speeds. We have taken it in to the
    dealership only to be told that's a characteristic of the 6 speed and can't be fixed.
    I feel GM needs to do something about this problem. I really like the Malibu,but
    feel like I paid a lot of money for a car with a problem like this.
  • New Malibu owners, please stop by this discussion and tell us what you think of the head restraints on your Malibu.

    New Head Restraints – Safety, Torture, or Both?

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • I have a 2008 Malibu LTZ which has developed a shuddering vibration in the steering. Starting from a stop and turning to the right it will shudder, but not all the time. Returned to dealer, they said the power steering hoses were touching, they repositioned them. Did not help. Returned to dealer, they kept it for 3 days. Said the engine was carboned up, they drove it hard on the highway to clean out the carbon. No help, I think the dealership needs new mechanics.
  • I have a 2009 Malibu 2LT V6. The upshifts are very smooth, but the car seems to "hunt" when it downshifts, and sometimes the downshifts are hard. I've heard complaints that the shifts in manual mode are rough, but for me they have been fine. I only have 600 miles on my car, however.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    sounds like the ECM may need to be reflashed.....ask your dealership is there an update to the ECM programming
  • My driveway is on a slight uphill incline. I use my emergancy brake every day. Sometimes it just makes this loud pop sound like heavy plastic braking then it is like air just goes straight back. I push it again it comes back up then compress it again and sometimes it does the same thing repeatedly and others it works fine. whats up with this. Other than this I absolutely love my 2008 LT2 Malibu, it handles beautiful on mountain curves and downhill decents. I have had 12 vehicles and this one is fast becoming my favorite one. I bought it July 2009 and we have made many trips, IT IS A GREAT CAR!!
  • jamar2jamar2 Posts: 2
    Traded a 06 Honda Civic LX on new 09 Malibu LS. Honda was OK car but had some minor problems the last one being both sunvisors split apart. The Malibu experience to date has been much better with no repairs in 11 km and it seems to be higher quality than the Honda even tho it cost less. No regrets going back to GM.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    When setting parking brake, do you apply foot brake before moving to park and then set parking before releasing foot brake?
    And when releasing parking brake, do you apply foot brake first, shift from park, and then release parking brake?

    This would be the proper procedure. And make sure that you apply enough parking brake so that it will hold on its own.
  • Yes.
    And it still does this funky thing, but it is random. Every time I get my husband to look at it, wouldn't you know, it works fine. Then I take it to work (a Toyota and Chevy dealership) and get the service guys to look at it and it works fine. They think I am coo coo. But I wouldn't worry to much about it because, I just push the park brake a couple more times, some times more than others then it holds. But, it did it with my regular brake pedal the other day and I went lurching forward into on coming traffic, that was a little scary. I was stopped at a stop sign, foot on brake and it released as if I had taken my foot off the pedal and hit accelerator. But the pedal under my foot went straight to the floor. I lifted my foot off then pushed it back down just as a car just missed hitting me. To close for comfort! I love my car I just want to figure this thing out. :confuse:
  • dave8697dave8697 Posts: 1,479
    Bought a new 2010 Malibu 1LT 4 weeks ago. I am getting 25.7 avg mpg so far with 4 cyl 6 spd. Tranny shifts perfect for me. MPG exactly matches trip computer at fill ups. I expect trip mileage to be much better as instantaneous mpg reads right at the EPA 33 mpg on the interstate. No issues with it.
  • We have a three week old Malibu that has less than 1,000 miles on it and about a week ago the air bag light started coming on. We took it in today and they said that there was a service bulletin on it and they need a part (assuming an air bag) which will take 3-4 days to get.

    I have looked and looked for such a service bulletin and have not found one. Has anyone else had this problem.

    To top it off they told us to come and get the car and bring it back when they get the part--drive it with a faulty air bag.

    Not too pleased. :lemon:
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    dont assume its the could be a relay or sensor...I doubt its the entire air bag also doesnt mean you have a faulty dealership should let you drive a vehicle that has a safety issue.....faulty air bag being one..

    you need to ask the dealership..what the part is...what the issue is..all of which is in the service should also ask does this problem effect the proper operation of the air bag in the event of an accident....
  • momtwins5momtwins5 Posts: 2
    So two weeks later and we still don't have our car back. They keep telling us that they are waiting on the part. So I have been doing some reading and noticed that there can be an issue with leather seats and the air bag. The dealer had leather seats put into this car before we bought it so I am wondering if this might be the problem.

    Does anyone know if the dealer put the leather seats in does that invalidate the warranty with GM?

  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    No dealer installed item should invalidate a warranty....your warranty is never in fact invalid.....the dealer must prove that you did something to cause the damage you are attempting to have repaired, if in fact that can be proven or shown, then the dealer can deny warranty coverage....semantics...perhaps....but in your case...the dealer installed the seats....which should have been no more than four bolts and a couple of electrical connections assuming the replaced the entire seat and frame...
  • boyddenboydden Posts: 1
    edited May 2010
    I am glad I am not alone with this problem. I brought my wife a 2010 Malibu January 1st of this year. It only has 3800 miles on it. Our light started coming on in March but it would go back off after a few hours or days. At first I didn't pay it any mind but then it stayed on. Long story short, the dealer has our car a month now and hasn't called us yet to tell me when I am getting it back. I am going to talk to someone at the dealership to see if they will just buy it back. There is a chevy site on the net where people are sharing this same problem over and over. They gave my wife a rental through enterprise. Then they had to replace their cars 2 times due to the fact something was wrong with those. She is driving a Pontiac Vibe right now but that is not what I purchased and it rides like a tank. I am truly upset with all of this. If I get rid of the car I will do my homework before I buy another one.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Hello Boydden,
    I am from GM Customer Service. I apologize that you are experiencing concerns with your vehicle. Can you please email me with more information regarding your situation? You can access my email by clicking on my name. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • vickicivickici Posts: 1
    I have purchased 2010 malibu ML 1; i,ve had it just over 3 months; air bag light continually would come on over a 2 week period. I took it to a dealership; they are hving to replace 5 airbag modules. To do so they had to remove both front seats; the tracks they sit in; they had to saw the tracks out of the car; they are replacing the tracks; re welding them into the car-all to relace these modules. I have a 2 year old i transport in this car. Though they are fixing it I do not want the car because there will always be doubt if something should happen would the air bags deploy; are the seats secure in the car. Never anticipated such a safety risk having a car thats just over 3 months old. I want replacement car or my trade in back. Have g.m. family that helped get me this car and i regret buying it very much. :mad:
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I find it very strange they have to remove the seat rails from the floorboard in order to replace the airbag modules.....did they give you a reason for stated they sawed broke the welds of the railing from the chassis of the car....

    I too would be concerned about the integrity of the seat rails after they were re-welded.....I would question why they needed to remove the rails in the first place??? did they give you an explanation for this???
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